Accomplishing Popular Things is Popular

By: Friday December 26, 2014 1:00 pm

Since the midterm election President Obama has really been flexing his executive authority. In just the past month he has done two big actions to accomplish popular goals and it has paid off. The first was his move on immigration. While the public would prefer the issue wasn’t handled via executive action, the public overwhelmingly [...]

 

Christmas in the White House Basement

By: Thursday December 25, 2014 9:00 am

Hold the fat bastard down! Answer me punk! Is it true that you give toys to every child in the world? Even the ones whose moms and dads are terrorists? Hah, that’s material support. Hit him with the electric shock. Do you refuse to hand over the naughty or nice list for us to use [...]

A Proportional Response

By: Saturday December 20, 2014 10:00 am

Yesterday’s remarks about North Korea at Obama’s press conference were nice, but something more is clearly needed. ​A well-placed source provided FDL with a document purporting to be a memo from Obama to his senior staff, drafted yesterday after the press conference. I have been unable to independently confirm its authenticity, as trying to do so would reveal my source — and we all know how well the WH likes leakers. The memo’s goal is to take the fight to North Korea in a new and different manner than has been done before. “People want a proportional response? Fine . . .”

On the BBC Defending Not Torturing People

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 10:00 am

I joined fellow whistleblower and former chief Guantanamo prosecutor Colonel Morris Davis on the BBC’s World TV recently to speak out against torture. Because most “journalism” these days defines objectivity as having people from bizarrely opposite sides of an issue yell at each other until time is up, I found myself “rebutting” a handful of [...]

Why the U.S. Plan for Iraq is Doomed to Fail

By: Monday December 15, 2014 9:00 am

If the United States was looking for the surest way to lose Iraq War 3.0, it might start by retraining the failed Iraqi Army to send — alongside ruthless Shi’ite militias — into Sunni-majority territory and hope that the Sunnis will welcome them with open arms, throwing out the evil Islamic State. Maybe it’s time [...]

Can We Sue the Government Over Torture?

By: Friday December 12, 2014 9:00 am

Anyone can sue the government; Van Buren v. Barack Obama. I just need to file the papers in Federal court. Oh, a couple of issues.

Torture and the Myth of Never Again: The Persecution of John Kiriakou

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 9:00 am

No one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America’s torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn’t torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it. In a Galaxy Far, Far Away The United States sanctioned acts of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency and others. The acts took place in secret prisons (“black sites”) [...]

The Torture Never Stops

By: Wednesday December 10, 2014 9:00 am

With the release of the Senate torture report, media accounts are quick to add a variant of the phrase that “Obama discontinued the enhanced interrogation programs soon after coming into office.” That is not true. Force-Feeding at Guantanamo Imad Abdullah Hassan has spent twelve years in Guantanamo in a cage without ever being charged with [...]

Thinking About Torture Ahead of the Senate Report

By: Tuesday December 9, 2014 8:00 am

The highly-redacted Senate Intelligence Committee report on post-9/11 torture is being released as you read this. It will likely contain few details on what actually happened by America’s hand. But details or not, at the most fundamental level the report does not matter. America will sidestep the most important lessons that could have emerged: we [...]

Questions from Ferguson

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 11:30 am

What happened in Ferguson matters to us all as Americans. Are we doomed to remain a nation hopelessly, violently adrift in a swamp of racism? Do we have a justice system that is indeed just? Can everyone expect to receive fair treatment in our system, from the moment police confront an alleged criminal to the moment some sort of final decision is reached? Do our police forces exist to “protect and serve,” or does that only apply to some groups of Americans, while for others the police are deadly enemies?

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